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Medicinal Purposes (audio story)

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Medicinal Purposes
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Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Evelyn
Main enemy: Dr. Robert Knox
Main setting: Edinburgh, December 1828
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Robert Ross
Director: Gary Russell
Music: David Darlington
Post production: David Darlington
Cover by: Lee Binding
Release details
Release number: 60
Release date: August 2004
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 7C/L
ISBN 1-84435-098-3
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Medicinal Purposes was the sixtieth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. This story marked the first appearance of Robert Knox played by Leslie Phillips. This is the second and final Big Finish audio drama in the main range in which David Tennant appears.

Publisher's summary Edit

Edinburgh, 1827.

The infamous body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are at large. The local prostitutes dull their fear with cheap whisky. The graveyard owls are hooting. Business is good.

When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one of Britain's most lurid, illuminating chapters in history, a simple case of interest in the work of dedicated man of science Doctor Robert Knox, quickly turns sour.

Just what is that time-bending Scots mist? Whatever it is may put the very fabric of the universe under threat...

As always.

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Medicinal Purposes comic preview

Illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty from DWM 347.

Medicinal Purposes clean

Textless cover art

  • This story was featured in the preview section of Doctor Who Magazine issue 347 with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • Although it is not stated in the story itself, Daft Jamie's real name was James Wilson and he was 18 years at the time of his murder in October 1828. Mary Patterson was the same age when Burke and Hare killed her on 9 April 1828.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 19 March 2004 at The Moat Studios.
  • Although the back cover of the CD dates this story to 1827, it is actually set in 1828.

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